The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

10th December, 2017


Christmas Programme


Melbourne Archbishop responds to Assisted Dying legislation passing Victorian Parliament


Dear friends in Christ,

I am aware that many of Christ’s faithful have been deeply disturbed in recent days by the publication in the Acta Apostolica Sedis of the Argentinian Bishops’ guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, together with Pope Francis’s letter of approval (originally private) for these guidelines. The publication of these documents is accompanied by a rescript, stating that both documents bear the character of the Pope’s authentic magisterium, and that the Pope personally ordered their publication:


There is much that might be said about this, but careful reflection is essential. For now, I would make just three points:

1. The pastoral practice of the Church is simply the expression of Her moral and sacramental doctrine. Since the doctrine cannot change, neither can the practice.

2. The authenticity of the ordinary magisterium relies upon its consistency across the ages. A single statement by an organ of the ordinary magisterium is not necessarily true and binding. The bi-millennial belief and practice of the Church was summed up by Pope St John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: “The Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.” This teaching remains binding on all Catholics.

3. Canon 915, which applies the constant teaching and practice of the Church, continues to have binding force.

Fr Glen Tattersall PP


De Mattei: Pope Francis and his “Lutheran turning point” by Roberto de Mattei


Christmas programme: our liturgical programme for Christmas, including all of the days of the Octave of Christmas, is now available: on the poster at the front of the Church, postcards in the vestibule (these may be used to inform friends and relatives) and online.

Bookroom – Christmas gifts: Bl. John Henry’s bookroom is now carrying beautiful Christmas cards, 2018 Calendars, CDs, and a variety of fine gifts for Christmas. The Bookstore is open after 8 am and 10.30 am Mass every Sunday, and after 5 pm Sunday Mass upon request.

First Holy Communion next Sunday: Please pray for those who are preparing to make their First Confession this week, and their First Holy Communion at the Solemn Mass next Sunday, 17th December - Zelie Lyall, Paul Owen, Finn McGregor, Elliot McGregor, Michelle Stanfield, Maria Francis, and Julia Emery. We also ask their prayers for us!

Pastoral Council elections: the existing Pastoral Council of the Newman Parish having recently completed its two year term, nominations will be called for in the near future for a new Council, to convene in 2018. Only registered parishioners are entitled to nominate. Further details will be provided soon.

Church Cleaning Day – Saturday, 16th December: volunteers are requested to help clean and prepare the Church in readiness for Christmas. There will be a working bee this Saturday, 16th December, from 11 am. A light luncheon will be provided for volunteers.

Gregorian Chant workshop: Ronan Reilly of the Australian Sacred Music Association (ASMA) will conduct a Chant workshop during our Festival of Christmas, on Wednesday and Thursday 27th and 28th December. Further details will be provided soon. ASMA organises the “Silence and Song” retreat, which will be held the following week outside of Sydney (see next notice).

Retreats in 2018: there will be a monastic style retreat for men from 2nd – 6th January, 2018: There are several Ignatian retreats available in January-February, and August, 2018 (separately arranged for men and women):

Planned giving: new sets of envelopes will be available for 2018, from 3rd December. Planned giving (for the support of the clergy and Parish) can be by regular electronic transfer, direct debit, or envelopes. If you have not pledged regular support, please consider doing so by using the forms available in the vestibule, or on line (existing pledges can also be reviewed in the same way).

Tour of the Missal today: for those interested, Fr Tattersall will give a talk (and take questions) on the use of a hand missal at Mass, following Solemn Mass today, 10th December. Please note that Latin-English missals are available for purchase at the Bl. John Henry’s Bookroom.

Newman Academy: we are continuing to work towards opening a school (ultimately teaching Years 5-12, and employing a classical curriculum). To enable us to move this project forward to readiness for registration, it will be necessary to find part time dedicated administrative staff. In order to be able to budget for this in 2018, we will need to find at least $30,000 in additional income. Those who are able and willing to make a dedicated contribution to this cause are invited to contact Fr Tattersall on a confidential basis. The Academy website provides more details of our vision for what we believe is a vital educational project: